Tuesday, October 6, 2015

06/10/2015: Anta®Ox Aqua: Field-tested health protection for profitable shrimp production

Optimised animal health and a decrease in mortality rate are vital for profitable shrimp production. Dr Eckel has released Anta®Ox Aqua – the all-natural health additive, developed to fit the needs of modern intensive shrimp production.


Anta®Ox Aqua has proven effective in laboratory trials as well as under commercial farm conditions – demonstrating a breakthrough for the profitability of shrimp farms throughout the world. Compared with other feed additives for aquaculture feed, Anta®Ox Aqua offers a number of advantages. Anta®Ox Aqua is cost-effective even under very competitive market conditions in South-East Asia and Latin America. It is highly concentrated and works at low dosages – leaving enough space in the feed formula for maximum energy and nutrient density. Anta®Ox Aqua perfectly complements other efforts at farm level to keep fish and shrimp healthy. It does not interfere with medications and water treatments. Anta®Ox Aqua offers a natural solution which meets the demand for healthy and efficient fish and shrimp production – perfectly in line with today’s consumer perceptions in regard to food safety and animal welfare.


Lab results reconfirmed in large-scale field trials
Anta®Ox Aqua (product group health) can directly decrease bacterial infection and increase the survival rate of Pacific White Shrimp – in the lab as well as in the pond! Trials conducted in cooperation with the renowned Kasetsart University in Thailand (Dr Niti Chuchird) gave spectacular results under laboratory conditions. The protective and immune-stimulating effects of Anta®Ox Aqua at the cellular level were measured and visualised (Niyamosatha et al 2015). These convincing results could now be reconfirmed in large-scale pond trials under intensive farm conditions in South-East Asia. Anta®Ox Aqua significantly reduced the number of Vibrio bacteria in the hepatopancreas (Figure 1).


EMS is known to cause necrotic cells in the hepatopancreas of shrimp. Consistently, in samples of the control group up to 80 percent of the hepatopancreatic cells were damaged. But the hepatopancreas of the shrimps with Anta®Ox Aqua appeared to be healthy and normal (Figure 2). Furthermore, the lower bacterial infection in Anta®Ox Aqua fed shrimps accounted for better mean survival rate (91 percent vs 63 percent in the control group, Figure 3). Performance parameters like growth and feed conversion ratio (1.35 vs. 1.55 in the control group) were positively affected by adding Anta®Ox Aqua to the growout feed (Figure 4). These effects increased total biomass production and profit in the Anta®Ox Aqua group (Table 1). In addition to that, lower mortality in the grow out period means less waste in terms of animals and feed and enables farmers to plan annual production volumes more reliably.

The mode of action of Anta®Ox Aqua

Inflammation in the digestive system and adjacent organs costs energy, reduces growth performance and impairs feed utilisation of aquaculture species. We assume that the growth enhancing effects of Anta®Ox Aqua are the result of the anti-inflammatory property of Anta®Ox Aqua – similar to the functional pathway of classic antibiotic growth promoters (AGPs). The active ingredients in Anta®Ox Aqua act as natural antiphlogistics by down-regulation the activation of the NF-kB factor and inhibition of the formation of pro-inflammatory proteins. This reduces negative consequences of inflammation like fever, cell death and tissue damage (Gessner et al., 2012, 2013; Fiesel et al, 2014).

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Anta®Ox Aqua                                                                              
Monika Korzekwa  
Technical Sales

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